Since the beginning of 2015, more than 705,200 people have moved or are moving through Europe. More than 3,200 people have died or gone missing at sea. The most common countries of origin are Syria, Afghanistan, Eritrea, and Iraq. 28 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies are responding across Europe and addressing immediate needs in Health, Water & Sanitation, food and non-food distribution, psychosocial support and longer-term needs.
Until recently, the primary migratory route from Greece went through the former FYR of Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia and Hungary to Austria and Germany. However, on the 16th October the Hungarian authorities closed its border with Croatia which resulted in migrants seeking to pass through Slovenia. This has increased vulnerabilities for the refugees and migrants especially as winter is approaching.
The IFRC along with 28 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies provide the refugees and migrants with basic Health needs, psychosocial support, food and non-food distribution, restoring family links and water and sanitation. With winter approaching, there is a need for warm and waterproof clothing.
Providing humanitarian assistance to the incoming refugees and migrants will allow them to safely proceed with their journey in a dignified manner.
Red Cross assists migrants in Macedonia
Red Cross of Serbia is supporting immediate aid